The Red Bull Stratos Mission broke at least five records on Sunday, four of which were testaments to human endeavor. The fifth was for attracting 8 million concurrent live streams on YouTube, the largest-ever peak simultaneous viewing audience according to the video service.
Austrian pilot and skydiver Felix Baumgartner drew this crowd by jumping from an altitude of 128,097 feet (record number 1 and 2: highest jump from a platform, and highest manned balloon flight); reaching 833.9 mph and breaking the speed of sound (Mach 1.24 and record number 3: fastest vertical velocity); and safely landing near Roswell, New Mexico, after a 4:19-minute free fall (record number 4, longest distance freefall).
After a safe landing Red Bull posted a photo on Facebook of Baumgartner on his knees in gratitude and joy. That photo was shared nearly 30,000 times within 40 minutes and generated about 216,000 “likes” in the same time period.
The event probably broke other records as well, in addition to making sponsor Red Bull very happy.
Red Bull Stratos – http://www.redbullstratos.com
Red Bull Stratos – YouTube channel
Red Bull – https://www.facebook.com/redbull